Africa Health Research Institute: Research Intern (Durban)

Research Intern

Company Africa Health Research Institute

Reference # DUR/RESINTERN/01/2021/APR

Published 12/04/2021

Contract Type Contract

6 Months

Salary Market Related

Location Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Duration _6_Months


The AHRI Research Intern's main responsibility is to work with human cells and HIV in the BSL-2 and BSL-3. He/She will perform molecular biology and immunology techniques including tissue culture, flow cytometry, T cell cloning, nucleic acid isolation, PCR, sequencing and in vitro infections.

Note: From time to time he/she may be required to perform other related duties and tasks as authorised by the Line Manager.

Job Functions Academic,Research

Industries Academic,Ngo / Non-Profit,Research,Science & Technology


Perform laboratory activities related to the project.

Assist senior researcher with experiments, quality control and data verification.

Undertake blood sample processing when necessary.

Preparation of reagents, maintenance of cell lines and monitoring of viral cultures.

Perform human tissue culture and virus infectivity experiments.

Perform ELISA, Luminex and flow cytometry experiments.

Perform molecular biology experiments including nucleic acid extraction, PCR, sequencing and cloning.

Perform general laboratory housekeeping / equipment maintenance.

Participation in the institution’s academic activities including journal club, lab meetings, research update meetings and etc.



1. Hons or Master’s degree in Molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, virology, immunology or equivalent in related field.


1. Processing and storing of human samples e.g. bloods, tissue, cells, RNA/DNA etc

2. Experience with HIV lab research

3. Experience in molecular biology, immunology or genetic techniques

4. High level of computer literacy

5. Experience in molecular biology, immunology or genetic techniques

AHRI reserves the right in special circumstances to accept late applications or to extend the above date in order to facilitate further searches. Furthermore, AHRI reserves the right not to make an appointment. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date.

Job Closing Date 16/04/2021